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Tour Eco-Friendly Home Designed in ARCHICAD by US Green Building Council Award Winner

Friday, May 8th, 2015

This week, you have a special opportunity to tour an eco-friendly, sustainable, healthy and efficient home – designed in ARCHICAD by the creator of Northern Illinois’ first certified passive house; Tom Bassett-Dilley Architect, Ltd.

On May 9th, Tom Bassett-Dilley of TBDA, Brandon Weiss of Evolutionary Home Builders, Jason LaFleur of Eco-Achievers, and Matt Fordham of ENVIRONMENTS Studio will lead a tour of their Oak Park home. You will be able to learn about smart, healthy and efficient living during this free event.TBDA tour image George Mailer UPDATED.small

As told to the Chicago Tribune in a recent article, Bassett-Dilley says, “this is a “right-sized” new home, designed in the Passive House paradigm, but being certified under the LEED program. While its space planning and technology are entirely 21st-century, its form echoes the scale and detailing of its bungalow and foursquare neighbors. Indoor-outdoor experience is optimized with a front screened porch, complete with a wood-burning fireplace.”

“We really care about not poisoning our clients,” Bassett-Dilley said. “To me, this passive house way of building is about both health and efficiency. Not just do less harm, but actually do good for people.”

The floor plan is simple “but every function is just perfectly tailored to what they needed,” Bassett-Dilley said. “It’s performance informing design and design making an expression out of the performance,” he said.

TBDA has been chronicling the creation of this home in his “From the Field” updates – now see it all come together. Register here.

Announcing ARCHICAD 19

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

The wait is (almost) over. GRAPHISOFT® has announced today the latest version of its industry-leading BIM software solution for architects and designers, is coming. In order to make this version of ARCHICAD BIM software the best it could be for architects, GRAPHISOFT focused on performance. The developers worked on extending ARCHICAD’s robust 64-bit and multi-processing technologies with predictive background processing, an industry-first to BIM. As a result, ARCHICAD now offers lightning-fast response times, making it the undisputed speed leader in the BIM business.

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Watch this Cool Rendering Clip and May the Fourth Be With You

Monday, May 4th, 2015

What better day to watch this clip than May the Fourth?

Back when ARCHICAD 16 was all the rage, we shared a modeling of a TIE Fighter – it highlighted the power of the MORPH tool.

Thanks to the Star Wars movies, the TIE Fighter will always be a weapon of the Galactic Empire and an iconic symbol of the Imperial Fleet.

Thanks to the ever-changing abilities of ARCHICAD, the resulting rendering is quite different. For our purposes, the image provides a unique way to demonstrate how one can achieve richly detailed images and graphics with the help of MAXONs CineRender engine – which as you know is integrated directly into ARCHICAD 18. Watch, enjoy and may the creative flow be with you.

 

 

 

Tools and Technology for Architects During #AIAChat This Week!

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Hey Tweeples! Mark your calendars for an exciting AIA Twitter Chat – set for May 6th (2-3PM Eastern), a week before the AIA Convention in Atlanta. During this Twitter Chat, AIA Member Laura Teagarden will focus the discussion on “Tools and Technology for Architects.”

As the sponsor of the AIA Tweet Up, we at GRAPHISOFT North America invite you to participate in this Twitter Chat to flex your Twitter muscles, get yourself in gear for the convention and get into some meaningful discussion about what types of tools assist you, the architect, in your day to day. This is your opportunity to jump into the conversation and provide your opinion, feedback, ask questions and maybe even meet some new Twitter Users.

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TweetUp at AIA 2015, Sponsored by GRAPHISOFT

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

They say the third time’s a charm – so we are super happy to let you know once again GRAPHISOFT is sponsoring one of the hottest events at AIA! The TweetUp!!! That makes three in a row!

As with past years, the TweetUp is a fun in-person event during the AIA National Convention that gives you a unique chance to bring all your virtual relationships built through social networking into reality. We all know that social networking can provide a powerful link to people we normally wouldn’t come across in our regular day to day routine. Through the magic of TwitterFacebook, LinkedIn, tumblr, reddit, StumbleUpon, digg… not to mention blogs, forums, etc… we communicate across time zones, state lines, country borders and even get to know people from other walks of life who share a common interest.

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ARCHICAD, the Ideal Software for Cal Poly Students

Monday, April 20th, 2015

California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) has added BIM as a required course in their curriculum. All students who wish to graduate with a degree in Construction Management must take the course over two quarters. Instructor, Elbert Speidel works to provide comprehensive exposure to the various types of software in the industry today.

“Part of the strategy in being able to teach them BIM is giving them an opportunity to see what is out there. We aren’t exclusively teaching one type of software, since that does not reflect how firms operate. Each firm has its preference and for that reason, there is no one BIM software exclusive to the market.”

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Recapping the 2015 GRAPHISOFT North America BIM Conference

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The post below first appeared on the GRAPHISOFT North America blog, BIM Engine by ArchiCAD. Written by Jared Banks, AIA, aka Shoegnome, the following essay will provide you, dear reader, with an up close view and thorough review of the 2015 GRAPHISOFT North America BIM Conference. Having been there, I can attest to Jared’s experience, the validity of his assertion about how the event has changed and what attendees gained by being there.

ArchiCAD users share a passion for what they do that is perhaps unmatched elsewhere in the industry. They will spend all day in an educational session learning about ways to capitalize on the power of the software to grow their business, take a break for lunch, during which they’ll continue sharing ideas and experiences on the same subject, go back into another classroom environment for more information, break and talk about the software, lather, rinse, repeat until the sun goes down…

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AIA|DC Chooses ArchiCAD for Event Design

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

AIA|DC has made a commitment to use ArchiCAD as a way to manage its exhibition designs at the District Architecture Center in Washington, DC. Its upcoming exhibition, reVISION::Thinking Big, New Projects in Washington DC, was produced using ArchiCAD18 and opens April 15th.

The exhibition highlights five phased, mixed-use projects, each in various stages of completion: design, development review, or under construction. Organized by AIA|DC and curated by Mary Konsoulis, The Yards, The Wharf, Burnham Place at Union Station, Capitol Crossing, and McMillan are conveyed around three themes—reconnecting to the water, building above barriers, and repurposing public works—and the exhibition examines the theories and context behind each project’s design, as well as the complexity inherent in projects of such vision and scope.

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Be There for the BIMx PRO Webinar

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Have you wondered about how BIMx and BIMx PRO can support your practice? How can the presentation app serve you best? What are some of the ways you can capitalize on your ability to communicate with prospective clients and customers?

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Live Webinar March 10th

Take advantage of an upcoming webinar that will answer all those questions and more. GRAPHISOFT developers are prepared to explain how to use BIMx PRO to the best of your, and its ability during a free webinar designed to help you become a pro at using BIMx PRO.

Not only will the webinar help you familiarize yourself with the award-winning presentation app, it will give you a peek inside GRAPHISOFT headquarters in Budapest, Hungary.

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Simplified and Powerful Presenting and Sharing with BIMx PRO

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The expression, “less is more” certainly applies to the recent announcement from GRAPHISOFT about its award-winning and extremely popular BIM presentation app known as BIMx. The company has updated the product name, simplified its licensing structure and added flexibility to the ways the app can be purchased and used within a project.

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